From Our May 2015 Newsletter

Our May Gathering

PLEASE NOTE: Our May gathering, our annual communion breakfast, is the FIRST Sunday of the month — May 3rd.

We will meet at Conway Hall and proceed to the Church for 11:30 Mass. We will sit together as a group. There will be a pot luck breakfast after Mass around 12:30. We will sing a hymn and crown the Blessed Mother. Our speaker will be Fr. Quan Tran.

Prayer Petitions

Please contact Antoinette if you would like to include a petition in the newsletter. A new list will be generated each month.

  • Camille – Lung Function
  • Mary – Peace of Mind
  • Husband – Alzheimer’s
  • Kathleen – Health
  • Rita (Another) – Cancer
  • Brother – Mental Issues
  • Mother – Alzheimer’s
  • Young Man – Depression
  • Carolyn’s – Granddaughter
  • Christine -Broken Ankle

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • New or Gently Used Men’s Jeans
  • New or Gently Used Men’s Tee Shirts
  • New or Gently Used Women’s Underwear
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Deodorant
  • Baby Formula
  • Assorted Furnishings for All Saints Bldg: Lamps, Tables, Upholstered Items, and Household Items; i.e. Brooms, Dinner Ware, Flat Ware, Cooking Utensils, Etc. (Please contact Bro. Fred or Kevin at SFI, 215-423-5845, for details.)
  • Prayers

Formation Information

We will not be having a formal ongoing formation session this month. Fr. Quan Tran will be our communion breakfast speaker.

Food for Thought

Article Eight of the rule directs all Secular Franciscans to stress the primacy of worship in their lives – the interior prayer of contemplation as well as the exterior liturgical prayer of the Church. The article also urges Secular Franciscans to have an active participation in the sacramental life of the Church, above all the Eucharist, and in the Liturgy of the Hours. When this article is lived fully, each Secular Franciscan will be a true worshipper, always involved with Christ and conscious of his presence in oneself and in others.

~ Adelaide N. Sabath OFS, Called to Follow Christ: Commentary on the Secular Franciscan Rule

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It was because Francis saw the humility and poverty of Christ, this pattern of living without grasping, so clearly expressed in the Eucharist that he had such a great veneration of it and urged his brothers to hold it in the same veneration. The Eucharist was, if you like, the symbol of so much of what he held to be at the heart of the Gospel. And the Eucharist lies at the heart of Franciscan spirituality still for the same reasons. It puts us in touch with the living Christ as nothing else can do. In the Eucharist we see expressed Christ’s pattern of living through dying, a pattern that we are also called to make our own. And as we do that we are following Christ after the example of St Francis in a particularly powerful way.

~ Gordon Plumb, St. Francis of Assisi and Eucharistic Adoration

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We can affirm that the Gospel calling which Francis felt to the apostolic life was born exactly within the context of the celebration of Mass. He was not a deaf hearer of the Gospel, and therefore he opened his heart, and in the living presence of Christ who speaks in His Word, Francis felt his inner calling, strengthened by the context in which he was finding himself at that moment, namely the celebration of the Eucharistic sacrifice.

~ Noel Muscat O.F.M., Look at the Humility of God: The Eucharist in the Writings and the Life of Saint Francis of Assisi

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